Pioneer Airlines

Embraer is promising a “mature and robust” aircraft at entry into service and has established its own carrier, Pioneer Airlines, to ensure it happens. Airliner World’s James Ronayne reports.

Embraer created Pioneer Airlines to expose the E2 to airline-like demands as part of its extensive maturity campaign.
While in the US, the team logged more than 100 flight hours across 43 flight cycles in 22 days.

Pioneer Airlines was conceived to simulate real customer operations with Embraer, conducting a test campaign that follows the same day-to-day rhythm as a functioning airline.

The manufacturer established scenarios, in the corner of the flight envelope, to test beyond the certification requirement that would make the aircraft more mature. It increased the flight test campaign within the schedule, dedicating between 400 and 500 hours to Pioneer Airlines.

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